Last updated on March 26, 2019
The aim of this project is to help the user have the means to mould the information they find, and the information they generate, into a coherent whole, both to communicate with others and to help them grasp the information and to see what is missing and what is contradictory.
In order to build such a structure in a visual way, the user needs self contained units/nodes which can be placed freely on the screen and possibly connecting lines and/or headings to categorise the nodes.
This needs to take place within the environment of a word processor since that is the basic deliverable format used by the users, particularly students.
I have come up against the issue of what nodes to show; plain text, headings, glossary terms AND/OR citations and it becomes messy and way out of scope for what we can achieve in the relatively short term. I have also come up against the issue of different modes communicating different things; in some cases simple glossary cards are more valuable than connected virtual ‘index cards’. I have gotten to the conclusion outlined below and I feel this strikes a good balance based on the user sculpting their knowledge without too much manual work or too much automation.
User creates Glossary Terms inside Author or via Liquid | Flow and they are accessed in Author in the same interaction as creating connecting to a Heading (in-document link) or image. The text which gets associated will have a Degree Symbol° appended and can be mouse covered in Read mode to show the definition in index card form and will be available when pinch out to see in graph form: